Review: A Beautiful Heist

A Beautiful Heist
(Agency of Burglary & Theft #1)
by Kim Foster
Adult Contemporary Action/Adventure Romance
June 6th 2013 by Kensington Publishing

Goodreads summary:
Everyone has a talent. Some are just more legal than others. Cat Montgomery steals jewels for AB&T, the premier agency for thieves in Seattle. Career perks: good pay, great disguises, constant adrenaline rush. Drawbacks: the possibility of jail time…or worse. Now she’s taken on a lucrative side job—recovering a priceless Faberge egg for an alleged Romanov descendant.

Though Cat is working solo, there are plenty of interested players. Her FBI ex-boyfriend is nosing around, as is her former mentor-turned-nemesis. Then there’s the sexy art thief helping—or is he hindering?—her mission. If her luck holds out, this could be the case that allows Cat to retire with her conscience and her life intact. If not, it’ll be her last job for all the wrong reasons…

What I thought:
I have been in a little bit of a mood lately to read books about thieves and spies. I guess it's me gearing up for the final book in the Gallagher Girls series coming out in September. I have one more book to read that is set in a historical setting before I run out of these types of books.

I really liked the opening chapters of this book. The plotting was fabulous and the character's voice was great. Sarcastic and confident. She is in the middle of a theft and it's interesting seeing how she works. The plot moves along at a fairly good pace and I liked the planning and precision of her jobs. There was also enough imperfection for it not to feel too unrealistic.

I also liked the characters, for the most part. I really liked Jack. His character was developed well and I could relate to him. Cat has a good group of girlfriends and I liked that aspect. She also has a nosy mother and caring father. I felt she depended on them a little too much in some ways. I didn't like how she dealt with her nemesis, Brooke. I felt like she shouldn't feel so unsure around her being in the profession she is and having the experience she does. She seemed to let her get to her every time and would spend time seeking her out when she really should have just ignored her. I guess some of her interactions made me think she was much younger than her character is supposed to be: the way she dealt with her family, with Brooke, and with her tax situation. I also didn't completely buy Cat's reasoning for why she is a thief. If I would have liked Cat more, then I would have rated this higher.

I didn't like some of the content. It was pretty clean and then an F-word would be thrown in (I think there were five). I think a lesser word could have been used instead, if needed, before just going all the way. There was also sexual content, but not between the two main characters, so that made it less meaningful. It is expected in the Adult genre, but my expectations were a little higher. :)

There were a few parts that reminded me of other things. Such as Cat's boy and family situations, which reminded me of the Stephanie Plum series, and one of the lines at the end when Cat had to let something go, which reminded me of a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Overall, I liked this story, especially the thieving parts. I also thought the writing and the editing were well done. I would recommend it to those who enjoy this genre and don't mind the content.

Content: Some innuendo, language, non-descriptive sex
Source: Received review copy from author
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